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Thurston County, Washington

The content on the Thurston County website is currently provided in English. We are providing the “Translation” for approximately 10 languages. The goal of the translation is to provide visitors with limited English proficiency to access information on the website in other languages. The translations do not translate all types of documents, and it may not give you an exact translation all the time. The translations are made through an automated process, which may not result in accurate or precise translations, particularly of technical and legal terminology.

Public Health and Social Services

Our Program

Our Environmental Health Division works within Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to assist the community in issuing permits, responding to complaints, and ensuring that health regulations of the local sanitary codes are followed.

Most of our services are fee based and the fees allow our office to be mostly self-supporting. Septic system owners, restaurants, and food handlers pay for permits. Some programs may also receive funding through grants and contracts with municipal, county and state agencies.

Environmental Health work includes food safety, drinking water and wells, safe environments (schools, water recreation facilities, shellfish harvesting), on-site sewage (septic), solid, business, and hazardous waste regulation.

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Environmental Health Codes, Regulations, and Hearing Requests

Public Health Codes, Policies, Procedures, & More

Brochures, Documents, Publications, and Reports

Contact Environmental Health at if you have additional questions.